Seattle producer Hanssen (aka Bob Hansen) established his reputation with Jacob London, a long-running duo with Dave Pezzner. Together they formed one of the few house-music acts that effectively deployed humor in their music and track titles. Since splitting five years ago to focus on their solo careers, Hanssen's been less prolific than Pezzner, but tonight he celebrates the release of his Seven Years Week album on Alex Ruder's Hush Hush label. It's a lush, pacific excursion into down-tempo a... more » donation.
If it's a High & Tight party, experience tells us it's worth your time and sweat equity. Tonight, H&T members Cody Morrison and Carlos Ruiz (who are both DJing, too) bring in Justin V (aka Justin Van Der Volgen), who you may know for his production work for the sprawling party machine that goes by the name !!!, as well as for rhythmic post-rockers Out Hud. Justin V also has worked on records by LCD Soundsystem and remixed tracks by Maserati and Alexander Robotnick, so he obviously knows about th... more »
It must be said: Louisiana's Kevin Gates is one of the most exciting rappers out, a wounded, noble hustler, equally at home with detail-rich street narratives, for-the-ladies jams, and radio-ready crossover shots. His guttural baritone is as instantly recognizable as Ja Rule's bark or Method Man's heart-of-gold growl, but what sets him apart is a Scarface-like commitment to gangster storytelling and a fantastic crew of producers, elevating each mixtape track to possible hit status. Not to throw... more » $15.
On his 2011 album Dive, Ghostly International artist Tycho (Scott Hansen) creates pristine, pastel electronic dance music (but not EDM) and Boards of Canada–esque, contemplative reveries for introverted computer programmers. On 2014's Awake, he mostly follows in the same amiable vein, and the sense of sparkly well-being it induces is very agreeable. San Francisco producer/guitarist Christopher Willits has gone from severe minimalist sound design to a brighter, more song-based style of music tha... more »
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John Grade: There's a work in progress here from Grade. It's a latticework of old growth cedar, and it's ever-expanding. In conjunction with the South Lake Union Art Walk Refreshments, also! Free.
The sequel to Harkness's popular vampire novel Shadow of Night is titled The Book of Life. It's the third book in a series about a vampire scientist who also travels through time. Free.